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The evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs

Author: David E Fastovsky; David B Weishampel
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed.View all editions and formats
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Written for non-specialists, this detailed survey of dinosaur origins, diversity, and extinction is designed as a series of successive essays covering important and timely topics in dinosaur paleobiology, such as "warm-bloodedness," birds as living dinosaurs, the new, non-flying feathered dinosaurs, dinosaur functional morphology, and cladistic methods in systematics. Its explicitly phylogenetic approach to the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Fastovsky; David B Weishampel
ISBN: 0521811724 9780521811729 0521010462 9780521010467
OCLC Number: 54913410
Description: x, 485 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Mesozoic Era --
Discovering Order --
Interrelationships --
Origin of Dinosauria --
Saurischia --
Sauropoda --
Theropoda --
The Origin of birds --
Mesozoic Birds --
Ornithischia --
Stegosauria --
Ankylosauria --
Pachycephalosauria --
Ceratopsia --
Ornithopoda --
Endothermy --
Dinosaur Paleoecology --
Reconstructing Extinctions --
The Cretaceous/Tertiary extinction.
Responsibility: David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel.
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